European Parliament strips Communist MEP of immunity for second time

Czech Communist MEP Miloslav Ransdorf has been stripped – for a second time – of immunity in the European Parliament. The decision was taken in response to a request by the Czech authorities investigating Mr Ransdorf’s role in a car crash in 2007 in which a female pedestrian was injured. Mr Ransdorf was originally stripped of immunity last February but was elected to new five-year term before the Czech authorities could process the original paperwork. The MEP told the Czech news agency he had in no way tried to resist the process but said he would not discuss any details. The accident was not the only one Mr Ransdorf has been involved in: he also had another collision in 2008 in which he also hit a pedestrian, who was taken to hospital for treatment.

Author: Jan Velinger